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PHOTOS: Check out the first flower grown in space!

January 17, 2016 12:43 IST

The first ever flower grown in space has bloomed.

The zinnia as grown inside the veggie lab aboard the International space station. Photograph: @StationCDRKelly/Twitter

NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly, space station gardener, shared photos of the prized zinnias on Saturday.

The flowers were grown inside the veggie lab aboard ISS which was installed in early May 2014.

The laboratory-grown zinnias, a native flower of the Southwestern US are part of NASA’s Veggie plant growth experiment.

The laboratory-grown zinnias, a native flower of the Southwestern US are part of NASA’s Veggie plant growth experiment. Photograph: @StationCDRKelly/Twitter

The results will help NASA to solve the challenges of growing plant life in space.

NASA astronauts grew lettuce in space earlier this year.

A representative from NASA said growing a flower in space is a lot more difficult than growing a vegetative crop like lettuce. 

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